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70.3 South Africa: the Brits...
Posted by: John Levison
Posted on: Sunday 24th January 2016


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Ironman 70.3 South Africa 2016 - how the Brits reacted

Ironman 70.3 South Africa has proven to be a happy hunting ground for British athletes over its relatively short history. While Jodie Swallow's winning run (now up to six consecutive after this morning's race), takes most of the limelight, Scotland's Fraser Cartmell also won this race in 2010, plus Susie Cheetham, Parys Edwards, Will Clarke and Tim Don have all visited the podium in Buffalo City, East London in recent years.

The 2016 edition was a mixed bag of domination, crashes, disappointment and encouragement for the four British athletes. Here's a roundup of the initial post-race thoughts of Jodie Swallow, Susie Cheetham, Will Clarke and Mark Threlfall.

Jodie Swallow, as she has for the last five editions, was in dominant mode on a course she really enjoys and - of course - was thrilled with her day.

After a great step up in performance in 2015 (headlined by sixth in Kona), and previous podium finishes in South Africa, Susie Cheetham would have been hoping to reduce, if not completely eliminate, the margin between herself and Jodie. While Jodie was perhaps unbeatable today, Susie's day ended in pain after a big big crash towards the end of the ride. She did however get back up, get on and finish the race (eighth Pro), before heading off to hospital for X-Rays. Get well soon Susie!

For Will Clarke, today was his first race after taking time off in mid-2015. Having had flights from Lanzarote to London, London to Cape Town and then finally to East London during the week, he found his first race back tough. Now resident (with his family) in South Africa for the next six weeks, expect will to bounce back in his next races.

Having finished fourth in 2012, Mark Threlfall can take away positives from eighth today after recovering from some significant health issues in recent years.


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